Short Story Contest judges

Adult Story Judges

Ellen Sussman
Ellen Sussman has published more than a dozen short stories in commercial and literary magazines. For several years, she has taught creative writing through UC Berkeley's extension program as well as in private classes. Her first novel, "The Affair," was published this year.

Kim Silveira Wolterbeek
Kim Silveira Wolterbeek is co-director of the Foothill College Writer's Conference, a group of about 30 writers who gather each June for workshops. She is also the author of "The Glass Museum," a collection of short stories published this year, two of which have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Tom Parker
A well-known local writing teacher, Tom Parker is the author of the best-selling "Anna, Ann, Annie" and the recent "Leadership and the Customer Revolution," a management book written with Gary Heil and Rick Tate. He has taught at Stanford, the University of California extension and Foothill and Canada colleges.

Young Writers Story Judges

Cynthia Chin-Lee
Cynthia Chin-Lee is the author of three children's book, the most recent of which is "A is for the Americas," published by Orchard Books. A Palo Alto resident and mother, she also works as a technical writer for Oracle Corp.

Katy Obringer
Katy Obringer supervises the Children's Library, the College Terrace branch library and children's services throughout the Palo Alto library system. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years before joining the Children's Library.

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz is the author of three books for chidlren. Her most recent, "Pumpkin Fiesta," was published in 1998 by HarperCollins. A Palo Alto resident, she works at the Stanford Blood Center and has two grown children.